Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

Here’s where you can view Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

It's finally the most wonderful time of the year, and there's no better way to kick off the holiday season than to attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with your family! Here are some of the best Christmas tree lightings across New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Tree Lightings in Manhattan

FREE Winter's Eve
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 2, 5:30-9pm
WHERE: Lincoln Center BID: Dante Park, Broadway and 63rd St., Upper West Side
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WHAT: The iconic Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes will headline the main stage at Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street) and help light up the Upper West Side at the 20th Annual Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square. New York's largest holiday festival kicks off with the Upper West Side's only tree lighting ceremony on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at 5:30pm The celebration continues until 9pm and features music, dancing, food, culture and holiday fun for all ages.
WANT TO GO? 212-581-3774. www.winterseve.nyc.

FREE Rockefeller Tree Lighting
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 8pm
WHERE: Rockefeller Center Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown
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WHAT: Don't miss this iconic tree lighting!
WANT TO GO? rockefellercenter.com.

FREE Tree Lighting and Sing-Along
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5, 6pm
WHERE: Bryant Park, Between W. 40th and 42nd Streets, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown
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WHAT: Bryant Park’s annual Tree Lighting returns Thursday, December 5 at 6pm.
Featuring:

  • Host Alyse Zwick
  • Christmas sing-alongs led by Harlem youth chorus DREAM Choir
  • Performances by world-class skaters Ryan Bradley, Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud, and The Haydenettes
  • Plus, fireworks, Santa, and more!

Following the ceremony, all visitors are welcome to skate to live music on the city’s only free admission ice skating rink.
WANT TO GO? 212-768-4242. wintervillage.org.

FREE 23rd Annual Central Park Tree Lighting
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Charles A. Discovery Center, Central Park North
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WHAT: Celebrate the season at the 23rd Annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park. Meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. The evening concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer. Event is rain, snow, or shine.
WANT TO GO? 212-310-6675. https://www.centralparknyc.org/events/23rd-annual-central-pa.

Morningside Park Tree Lighting
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 21, 5-6pm
WHERE: Morningside Park, 121st St. and Morningside Ave., Morningside Heights
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WHAT: Join the Friends of Morningside for the tradition of celebrating the holidays in the park! On the winter solstice, they will light a tree, tell the stories of the holidays, and have a sing-along. Refreshments will be provided.
WANT TO GO? https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2019/12/21/morningside-pa.

Tree Lightings in Brooklyn

FREE Empire Outlets First Annual Tree Lighting
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6pm
WHERE: Empire Outlets, 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
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WHAT: Empire Outlets will host its first tree lighting ceremony with a 40-foot crystal tree and an evening of live music and caroling, hot chocolate, seasonal bites, in-store shopping deals and holiday revelry for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? 929-262-6710. https://empireoutlets.nyc/.

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FREE Atlantic Avenue Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8pm
WHERE: St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
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WHAT: The community gathers at the church to enjoy performances from local schools and donated treats from Atlantic Avenue merchants.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-8993. https://atlanticave.org/.

Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4pm
WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
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WHAT: Families can enjoy an afternoon of events including a traditional concert by colonial balladeer Linda Russell and a visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback, plus the chance to feed his horse carrots and hay. Tree lighting and decorating will begin at 4pm.
WANT TO GO? $7; $4 ages 3-10. 718-629-5400. https://eventbrite.com/e/sinterklass-saint-nicholas-day-tickets-78037073989.

Tree Lightings in Queens

FREE Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 6pm
WHERE: Maspeth Memorial Square, 69th St and Borden Ave, Maspeth
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WHAT: Countdown to a festive holiday tree lighting!
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FREE Christmas in the Garden
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 12-5pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa and face painting (fee required), a tree lighting, and holiday crafts. Register online.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great way to kick off the holiday season with a full afternoon of festive fun!
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

FREE 7th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration 
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4pm
WHERE: Astoria Park Great Lawn, 19th St. between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Enjoy a day filled with holiday fun and a special tree lighting ceremony! 
WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. http://nycgovparks.org/parks/astoria-park. 

FREE Christmas Tinker Festival and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Lewis Latimer House Museum, 3441 137th St., Flushing
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WHAT: Celebrate the holidays with tinkering, tree lighting, hot cocoa and music! Artist led tinkering activities from 2:30-4:30pm. Hot cocoa and tree lighting at 5pm. This event is free. Space is limited. RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? 718-961-8585. https://lewislatimerhouse.org.

 

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Main image: The Rockefeller Center tree lighting draws thousands of spectators each year.